The Cost Of Making A Difference (2 of 2) by Johnny Hunt
This content is part of a series.The Cost Of Making A Difference, Part II
May 22, 2011
Introduction: The Christian can never escape the duty of being different from the world. It is not our duty to be conformed to the world; it is our duty to be transformed from it. What a great reminder to teachers of the Bible that the truth that changes, changes from within. Transformation is the word from which we derive metamorphosis. The Lord must change each of us from within.
In the passage before us, Matthew records Jesus' words of encouragement for His followers to be people of courage and He promises them His care and compassion. The key word that allows me to embrace this is conviction.
I. COURAGE. .28
"soul" - speaks here of the eternal spirit, not just life in the body; the eternal. It is the part of you that will never die. This is the eternal, not the external. It's the greater vs. the lesser.
The point of Jesus' sermon is that the only "fear" a believer should have is of Him Who is able to destroy (kill) both body and soul in hell; and only God can do that.
Note: Fear is used twice in v.28. The first has to do with fright and terror; the second fear has to do with awe and veneration.
There may be a price to pay for speaking God's truth in the light and proclaiming it as broad as possible.
EXAMPLE: Paul's desire to go to Jerusalem despite warnings.
Acts 21:10-14, "And as we stayed many days, a certain prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. When he had come to us, he took Paul's belt, bound his own hands and feet, and said, 'Thus says the Holy Spirit, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man who owns this belt, and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.' Now when we heard these things, both we and those from that place pleaded with him not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, 'What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the ...
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